Thursday, April 23, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Prison passes health care inspection as California seeks end to US control of prison care

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Medical programs at Folsom State Prison are receiving a passing grade from the state inspector general, bringing the state one small step closer to regaining control of its prison health care system.

The inspection of the prison near Sacramento was the first since a federal judge last month outlined a plan for California to end nearly a decade of federal control.

Inmate Inside California Prison Shot, Killed by Officer
Scott Smith, The Associated Press

An inmate at a California state prison was shot and killed to stop an attack on another who had fallen to the ground unconscious, unable to defend himself, officials said Wednesday.

A correctional officer first fired a warning shot from his rifle to stop two inmates from attacking the third, said Dana Simas, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. When the attack did not stop, the officer fired the fatal round, striking the inmate's chest, said Simas, adding that deadly force was the officer's last resort.

KCSO: Inmate fatally shot in chest at Kern Valley State Prison

Crosby Shaterian, KERO

Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) administrators are investigating the death of an inmate who was fatally shot while he attacked another inmate.

At about 10:15 a.m., two inmates attacked another inmate who fell to the ground and lost consciousness. The assailants continued to attack the inmate who was unable to defend himself, according to officials.


Transgender Inmate's Attorneys Oppose Delaying Surgery
Don Thompson, The Associated Press

Attorneys representing a transgender prison inmate on Wednesday asked a federal judge to stick with his order that California officials must immediately provide the inmate with sex reassignment surgery.

They filed arguments opposing any delay while the state corrections department appeals the decision issued by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of San Francisco earlier this month.


Three sentenced to life in prison for gang-related murder in Pasadena
Hailey Branson-Potts, The Los Angeles Times

Three men convicted of a 2013 gang-related murder in Pasadena were sentenced this week to life in prison without the possibility of parole, prosecutors said.

Peter Parra, 38, of Pasadena, Kevin Jessie Cabrera, 27, of North Hollywood and Raymond Frank Conchas, 26, of Covina were sentenced late Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.


California government cut water usage 22 percent
Jon Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee

With California ravaged by an epic drought, state-run facilities collectively cut water use 22 percent last year, according to government data released Wednesday, although some departments used far more than in 2013.

The overall figure slightly exceeds Gov. Jerry Brown’s order that state departments cut their 2014 water consumption by 20 percent compared with the previous year.

Judge to consider sending infamous 'Pillowcase Rapist' back to hospital
Cristina Corbin, FOX News

A judge is set to consider sending California's infamous "Pillowcase Rapist" back to a state hospital nine months after his controversial release into a small California community, prosecutors confirmed Wednesday.

Christopher Hubbart, 64, who admitted sexually assaulting more than 40 women in Los Angeles and San Francisco between 1971 and 1982, moved into a home last July in Lake Los Angeles -- an unincorporated area of Antelope Valley near Palmdale -- amid fierce protests from residents of the rural, desert community. Hubbart earned his grim moniker for the method of his crimes: binding victims' hands before pulling pillowcases over their heads to silence their screams.

Charges dismissed 34 years into man's life sentence

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A California man who was freed after serving 34 years of a life sentence for murder had the charges formally dismissed Wednesday.

Michael Hanline, 69, was the longest-serving wrongfully incarcerated inmate in California history, according to the California Innocence Project, whose lawyers worked for 15 years to free him and persuaded prosecutors to re-examine the evidence.

PUBLIC SAFETY: Inmates' early release still a concern
Mirroring a state trend, thousands jailed in Inland facilities are being freed before their sentence expires, audit shows
Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise

Mirroring a state trend, Inland counties are still freeing hundreds of inmates early each month after a California plan was implemented in 2011 to send lower-level offenders to county lockups instead of state prisons – and local officials are still concerned about the effect on public safety and the jails themselves.

But a state board believes those rates have peaked, thanks in part to Proposition 47, which reduced some felonies to misdemeanors.